PICKANINNY, n. The young of the "Procyanthropos", or "Americanus dominans". It is small, black and charged with political fatalities.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)
Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Contributed by: Zaady
PANDEMONIUM, n. Literally, the Place of All the Demons. Most of them have escaped into politics and finance, and the place is now used as a lecture hall by the Audible Reformer.
OPPOSITION, n. In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amuck by hamstringing it.
NOMINATE, v. To designate for the heaviest political assessment. To put forward a suitable person to incur the mudgobbling and deadcatting of the opposition.
MUGWUMP, n. In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence. A term of contempt.
MULTITUDE, n. A crowd; the source of political wisdom and virtue. In a republic, the object of the statesman's adoration.
DEGRADATION, n. One of the stages of moral and social progress from private station to political preferment.
DELEGATION, n. In American politics, an article of merchandise that comes in sets.
BATTLE, n. A method of untying with the teeth of a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.
ARENA, n. In politics, an imaginary rat-pit in which the statesman wrestles with his record.
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